Course details

Postgraduate Certificate in Health Science
NZQF Level 8

About the course

The Postgraduate Certificate in Health Science offers a selection of courses designed to meet the needs of nurses, health practitioners, health sector managers and other professionals whose practice has a focus on health.

This certificate has an interdisciplinary programme, which includes courses specific to nursing practice, and it is approved by the Nursing Council of New Zealand as an advanced nursing practice programme.

The courses studied within this certificate’s programme will help you develop innovative, effective, efficient and high quality approaches to modern health care services, their delivery and practice. Graduating with this qualification will provide you along a career pathway to advancement in your professional area of practice.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Health Science is comprised of “60 credits”, which is considered to be equivalent to six months full-time study and may be completed full-time over six months or part-time over one to years.


  • Advanced clinical assessment and diagnostic reasoning
  • Advanced pathophysiology for health professionals
  • Pharmacotherapeutics for advanced nursing/midwifery practice
Ethical concepts and legal issues for advanced practice
  • Human lactation, breastfeeding and infant nutrition
  • Advancing specialty practice
  • Advanced practice to support elder health
  • Advanced diabetes nursing
  • Health services management
  • Nursing education and curricula
  • Health and healthcare in the context of Aotearoa
  • Nutrition for special populations
  • Health Promotion
  • Health Management
  • Health Psychology
  • Māori and indigenous health
  • Integrated disease management
Graduates of the Postgraduate Certificate in Health Science may be able to credit these courses to the Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science or the Master of Health Science (pending successfully achieving the specified academic entry criteria). In addition, Registered Nurse graduates of the Postgraduate Certificate in Health Science may choose to progress into the Master of Nursing Science or Master of Nursing – Nurse Practitioner programme (pending successfully achieving the specified academic entry criteria).

Please feel free to make an appointment to discuss your study options. You can meet with our staff in person at our Hawke’s Bay campus, or simply give us call on 0800 22 55 348.

Entry requirements


The normal requirement for entry is an undergraduate degree in a health science with a B pass or better.

Where the candidate’s undergraduate degree does not provide the basis of study at the level required for more advanced study, enrolment in transitional or undergraduate courses may be required before the candidate shall be admitted.

Where an applicant does not hold an undergraduate degree in health science:

  • The applicant shall provide evidence of having completed a relevant professional qualification, and
  • Provide evidence of successful completion of a relevant qualification or programme of study which is equivalent to those of first degree graduates, through the submission of a portfolio of evidence.

A personal interview may be part of the application process.

English language entry requirement

All candidates, from countries where English is not the primary spoken language, require satisfactory achievement of tertiary studies in a country where English is the language of instruction or an IELTS score of at least 6.5 with no sub-test score lower than 6.0.

Entry with credit

Applicants may be admitted with credit transfer or recognition of prior learning. The Postgraduate Programmes Cluster Committee has discretion in the granting of academic credit.

Academic credit may be awarded as specified credit where there is a substantial match between previous learning and the course for which academic credit is sought; or unspecified credit where the learning is broadly relevant to, and at an equivalent level to, the course for which academic credit is sought.

Credit granted shall not be for course(s) completed as part of an undergraduate degree, nor shall credit be granted that exceeds one-half of the total programme credits.

A RPL/Entry with Credit application pack is available on enrolment. It is recommended that applications for RPL/Entry with credit are made as part of your initial application. This will assist in our academic advisement to you regarding course your programme of study and course section. However, your entry with credit cannot be processed until you are enrolled.

For further information please contact:

Stacey Wong, Postgraduate Programmes Secretary ext (06) 830 1507.

Special conditions

For acceptance into some of the nursing courses, students must provide evidence of a current practicing certificate with the Nursing Council of New Zealand.

For nurses considering the nurse practitioner pathway, please seek guidance in regard to course choices before enrolling. You may contact the postgraduate programmes coordinator through the postgraduate programmes secretary.

Some courses will require students to be actively working in the specialty area of practice.

About the provider

The Eastern Institute of Technology (EIT) offers you over 160 qualifications from certificate and diploma, to degree and postgraduate level at campuses in Hawke's Bay, Tairāwhiti (Gisborne) and Auckland.

Or learn at one of our Regional Learning Centres situated in Hastings, Maraenui, Ruatoria, Waipukurau and Wairoa.

EIT Hawke's Bay is one of New Zealand's most attractive campuses with superb architecture and shaded outdoor areas for study on warm days. EIT Tairāwhiti two campuses are located in the heart of Gisborne, near the Taruheru River, and you can get more central than EIT Auckland location on Queen Street!

When you choose to study at EIT you'll get the kind of experiences that will help you gain the knowledge and skills to get ahead, whether you want to break into your chosen career or change direction in life.


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